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Convicted sex offender at large for almost 2 years charged with not registering

RACINE — A Racine man convicted in 2013 of child sexual assault who was allegedly at large for almost two years after he moved and did not notify authorities has been charged with failing to properly register as a sex offender.

Anthony C. Taylor, 45, was charged Wednesday, Dec. 21, with one felony count of failing to register as a sex offender. If convicted, he faces up to six years in prison or $10,000 in fines.

The criminal complaint: failing to register as a sex offender

According to the criminal complaint, Taylor was released from Green Bay Correctional in November 2020 after serving his sentence for a conviction of lewd and lascivious behavior and for violating the conditions of his parole after a 2013 conviction for second-degree sexual assault of a child. He had a Racine address and remained compliant with the requirement that he register as a sex offender stemming from that 2013 conviction until March 10, 2021, when he failed to answer a registration letter sent by mail.

Taylor was believed to be in Illinois after the battery died on his GPS unit but he failed to charge it, and a $5,000 warrant was issued. His whereabouts remained unknown from March 10, 2021, until Taylor was arrested on Nov. 24, 2022, on new misdemeanor charges of theft, criminal damage to property, and disorderly conduct.

A $2,500 cash bond was assigned for the felony charge of failing to register, and a $100 cash bond was assigned for the new case. He will next be in court on Dec. 28 for his preliminary hearing for the charge of failure to register as a sex offender and on Feb. 28 for a status conference on the new misdemeanor charges.

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